Need to finish your musical? Here’s how.

The best advice I ever got as I was coming up as a Producer was, “Want a show to happen?  Book a theater.” There’s nothing better than an opening night to make you make it happen.  It’s the ultimate deadline. So if you’ve been drafting and redrafting your musical, I’ve got a great deadline for you . . . because it’s the same one that launched my musical producing career.  The New York Musical Theatre Festival is now accepting submissions for their Next Link program!  And their deadline is just 3.5 weeks away!  (You’ve got until November 3rd.) Whenever I talk …

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All I want is a room somewhere . . .

Eliza Doolittle wasn’t the only one who needed a little place of her own.  Cinderella needed her “own little corner,” as well.  And that big dreamer Pippin needed a corner too.  Of course, a room and a chair weren’t good enough for that dude.  Oh no, his corner had to be in the sky. Everyone needs a place where they belong . . . but especially musical theater heroines and heroes . . . and the people that create them. That’s why we had an open-door policy for creatives to come and work rent-free at my rehearsal studios.  Unfortunately, my …

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5 Takeaways from the latest Get Your Show Off The Ground Seminar.

Two weeks ago, on one of the last beautiful days of the summer, eight passionate peeps sacrificed the sun to get together with me and work on something that would keep them smiling through the dark days of winter:  their project! That’s right, it was my Get Your Show Off The Ground Seminar! And it was a great one.  We had discussions about networking, about how to fill the seats of your showcase with Producers, and we even had a comic book superhero make an appearance. As usual, my trusty associate, Kayla, jotted down some of my Kenisms throughout the seminar …

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You got yourself a Producer . . . now what?

A consult client stepped into my stripped bare office last week (we’re moving!) and said, “Ken, I hope you can help, because I’m extremely frustrated.” “What’s the matter?  Can’t get producers to attend your reading?  Having trouble raising money?” “No,” he said, slamming his script on my wobbly desk.  “I have a Producer!” I know . . . you’re thinking, “#SpoiledPlaywrightProblems,” right?  So many playwrights and composers are beggin’ for someone to produce their work, and this guy has one? He continued, “I have a Producer .  . . but still, nothing is happening!” “And what have you been doing …

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The asset and liability of doing theater.

What I love about theater is that it is always evolving.  You create this work of art, and then it changes and changes . . . through rehearsals, through previews . . . and even years after opening.  Because it happens live, you can tinker and twist to change with the times (and as your actors will allow). That makes theater one of the most unique art forms on the planet. You paint a picture, and hang it in a museum and it’s done. You write a book, publish it, and that’s it. And film?  Once that sucker is cut …

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